August 15, 2006

Monroe drives in winning run for rampant Tigers

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Craig Monroe drove in the winning run
with a single in the top of the ninth inning, lifting the
Detroit Tigers to a 3-2 win over the Boston Red Sox at Fenway
Park on Tuesday.

Sean Casey had three hits and drove in a pair of runs for
the Tigers, who trailed 1-0 before scoring twice in the seventh
to lead before adding the winning run in the top of the final
frame for their second straight win in Boston.

The Tigers, who snapped a five-game losing streak by
winning the series opener on Monday, recorded a second straight
victory over the Red Sox, who are battling the New York Yankees
for the lead in the AL East as well as a wild card berth.

Detroit is being chased by the Chicago White Sox in the AL
Central, but a pair of wins over Boston on the heels of their
longest losing streak of the season should help the team's

"This team is not going to fold," Detroit manager Jim
Leyland told reporters after the surprising Tigers stretched
their lead in the division to 6 games.

"We have a lot of character guys in this dressing room."

Coco Crisp opened the scoring for the Red Sox with a solo
homer in the third inning and that lead held up until the
seventh, when the Tigers finally got to Curt Schilling for a
pair of runs on a two-run double by Casey.

Boston tied the game in the eighth on David Ortiz's RBI
single before Monroe's hit put the Tigers ahead to stay.

Detroit starter Jeremy Bonderman went 7 2/3 innings,
allowing two runs on five hits with eight strikeouts and one

Three relievers completed the six hitter, including Todd
Jones, who pitched a hitless ninth for his 33rd save.

Fernando Rodney (6-3) got the last out in the eighth inning
to get credit for the win.

Schilling lasted seven innings, allowing two runs on nine
hits with four strikeouts and no walks.

Mike Timlin (5-2) relieved him and allowed the winning run
and two hits in two innings to take the loss.

Detroit's second baseman, Placido Polanco, injured his
shoulder in the seventh inning and had to leave the game.

Tigers catcher Ivan Rodriguez then had to replace him at
second with Vance Wilson taking over as catcher as Detroit did
not have another second baseman available.

It was the first time in 2,256 career games that Rodriguez
had played second. Reports after the game said Polanco may be
out for the season.

In New York, Johnny Damon tied the game with a homer and
Robinson Cano's RBI double cashed in the go-ahead run as the
Yankees rallied to beat the Baltimore Orioles 6-3.

New York moved three games ahead of the Red Sox in the AL
East with the victory.

Damon had two hits and three RBI for the Yankees, while
Bobby Abreu had three hits to help pace New York's 12 hit

Mike Mussina pitched six strong inning for the Yankees, but
it was reliever Scott Proctor (5-3) who got the win, allowing
one hit in 1 2/3 shutout innings.

Mariano Rivera got the last three outs for his 31st save.

Erik Bedard allowed one run on five hits in six innings for
the Orioles, but reliever LaTroy Hawkins (1-2) allowed three
runs on three hits in 2/3 innings to take the loss.

Kevin Millar homered for the Orioles.